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Well, like everybody else Peter, I have run out of words to indicate how impressed I am at your modeling skills.  We should force you to build a plastic kit next time, right OOB, to bring you back down to earth with us mortals.  I bet it would kill you to not modify the crap out of it!

 

Great job on the headlight, but I have a tip that I recently learned from another modeler.  There are some really well made aftermarket headlights made for car models, that would have worked for your application without any fuss.  You couldn’t have said that you built it from scratch, however, so I guess you wouldn’t have used it anyway. ;)

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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56 minutes ago, chuck540z3 said:

  We should force you to build a plastic kit next time, right OOB, to bring you back down to earth with us mortals. 

 

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evening folks :)

 

On 1/26/2019 at 8:21 PM, dodgem37 said:

Fan-dam-tastic.  I love this!

 

'I had to cut a hole in the well roof . . . '

Yes you did.  I know that well from the 'D' I built.

 

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What are the projections to the right?  I don't recognize them from the Parts List I used for my build.  Are they line stand-offs?  I see a bit of clean-up is necessary.

 

Great show, Peter.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

Hi Mark - yes they are sort of 'T' shaped pipe things where a pipe goes straight  through the little banjo fitting at the tip - the fixing holes are on the plans and I can see them in pics (maybe a bit smaller than these :) ...)

 

 

21 hours ago, chuck540z3 said:

Well, like everybody else Peter, I have run out of words to indicate how impressed I am at your modeling skills.  We should force you to build a plastic kit next time, right OOB, to bring you back down to earth with us mortals.  I bet it would kill you to not modify the crap out of it!

 

Great job on the headlight, but I have a tip that I recently learned from another modeler.  There are some really well made aftermarket headlights made for car models, that would have worked for your application without any fuss.  You couldn’t have said that you built it from scratch, however, so I guess you wouldn’t have used it anyway. ;)

 

Cheers,

Chuck

 

 

Thanks Chuck -always value your sage advice :) I actually contacted Marvin at Model Motorcars as they make all sorts of bits for Pocher cars but the ones he had were either too big or too small - I was going to scribe the pattern on it as I have done that before, but then I noticed the lens is just clear glass, I can't see any refractor lines on it so that made it a simple disc :)

 

 

18 hours ago, clarkis said:

fantastic metal work, as usual... question: how do you get such clean holes in the litho? punches? Can you describe the technique? Clark 

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Thanks for dropping in Clark - there is a bit below on that :)

 

..I had a full day at the bench today so got lots of the groundwork done in the wheelbay...

 

..started with the face of the main spars - I took details from the drawings for where there was rivet detail..

 

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..and added flanges where there are ribs to help with placement and vertical orientation (and they are there on the real one...)

 

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..there is a central bulkhead at the front of the bay below the engine, so again I took the drawings and made a template I can use..

 

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..this isthen transferred to litho - in thiscase what actually fits in the model and a best fit made so I can use the detail but don't always have to rebuild everything..

 

I start by drilling pilot holes and then either use a burr in a dremel or a broach (best tools ever you must get some) to widen the hole to the plan diameter - a quick sand or rub with wire wool and the holes are done... for apertures I drill holes and then scribe to join the holes & break out the bit in the middle..

 

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...added the spar walls and all the 'T' stringers in the roof...and also cut out two small square holes for the U/C uplocks..

 

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..both sides..

 

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..and in a day spent on metalworking added all the forward panels to close the bay off ready for ribs..

 

found a top tip by accident - using my UMM punch set and I used a 5mm punch in a 5.5mm hole and it flared the edge which is something I have been trying to do for ages & spent hours & lots of fails getting wrong...

 

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..ribs next...

 

TTFN

Peter

 

 

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Tremendously awesome, Peter!

 

52 minutes ago, airscale said:

I used a 5mm punch in a 5.5mm hole and it flared the edge

 

I'm taking a note...

:thumbsup:

 

Juraj

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All of that is just too damn funny.  Show off.  Do oil and coolant lines not travel back from the firewall to the belly radiator similar to the 'D' model?  If so, where are the openings?  Or are you planning a different solution?

 

' broach'

Never heard of that.  I looked it up and everything that showed its'face didn't look like the image you have  It looks like a reamer to me.  Got a link?

 

'I used a 5mm punch in a 5.5mm hole and it flared the edge which is something I have been trying to do for ages'

Should have asked.  Just kidding.

 

Love what you're doing.

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

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6 hours ago, dodgem37 said:

All of that is just too damn funny.  Show off.  Do oil and coolant lines not travel back from the firewall to the belly radiator similar to the 'D' model?  If so, where are the openings?  Or are you planning a different solution?

 

' broach'

Never heard of that.  I looked it up and everything that showed its'face didn't look like the image you have  It looks like a reamer to me.  Got a link?

 

'I used a 5mm punch in a 5.5mm hole and it flared the edge which is something I have been trying to do for ages'

Should have asked.  Just kidding.

 

Love what you're doing.

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

 

 

Hi Mark - it's the two little 'T' pipe runs seen on the left in this pic I was trying to copy..

 

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and for Broaches - these are the ones I use..

 

Available from Eternal tools in the UK

 

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hope that helps :)

 

Peter

 

 

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That framing is sexy as all get out.  I like the hell out of this. 

 

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Why are there no returns on the two outboard frames?

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark

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evening folks :)

 

still plugging away on the wheel bay...

 

wanted to make the big spar attatchement seen here (the long black thing on the left with loads of bolts in it)

 

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scaled the drawing and started drilling lots of holes in a square tube of brass of the same size...(always drill any hole in anything first, before doing anything else...)

 

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..put a template each side and ground away the waste...

 

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..and added small lengths of wire & micro nuts...

 

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..andf fitted to the spar...

 

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..also made the gear retraction unit from a bit of perspex acrylic - filed & sanded to the shape with a disc added to the front face but allowing for the slide on gear legs to come later...

 

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..finished all the ribs...

 

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..and sprayed everything with Xtracolour zinc chromate - nothing is assembled yet, just placed for the photos

 

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..thats it for now - back soon :)

 

TTFN

 

Peter

 

 

 

 

 

 

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